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by Tim Regan — January 8, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Sheryar Durrani didn’t shy away from hard work, recalls U Scoot (1949 Vermont Ave. NW) owner and close friend Andre Esser.

“He wasn’t beneath getting his hands dirty,” Esser said. “Any time I needed a hand or a help or a favor, nothing was beneath him.”

Durrani, who managed U Scoot and worked closely with Esser, died of an apparent heart attack on Dec. 19. He was 53 years old. (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas — January 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Future home of Wash HydroA store is slated to open in Adams Morgan next week for locals looking to start indoor gardens for fruit, vegetables, flowers and, if they so desire, marijuana.

Wash Hydro is expected to begin selling its hydroponic gardening supplies at 2318 18th St. NW next Friday, said John Kenney, who is helping set up the shop. The store is owned by his daughter, Sarah Kenney, who started the business online last year.

Although Wash Hydro’s grow tents work for cultivating cannabis, John Kenney told Borderstan this week he uses hydroponic gardening techniques for African violets.

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by Tim Regan — December 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm 2 Comments

14th and U streets NW

Prime real estate is available on U Street.

Last month, we reported that the storefront at the corner of 14th and U streets NW — formerly the cricket wireless store — is up for grabs. And just last week, CakeLove announced it would close its doors at 1506 U Street NW.

It’s safe to say some new businesses will arrive in the U Street corridor — and not just that bagel cafe everyone’s waiting for. We want to know: What kind of businesses would you like to see arrive on U Street? Weigh in by voting in the poll. Got specific ideas?  Tell us what you think in the comments.

by Tim Regan — December 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

Andrew StuartThe co-owner of the High Dive (2337 18th St. NW), who is currently in the hospital awaiting an organ donation, is in “good spirits,” according to the bar’s other owner.

High Dive co-owner Tristan Magee announced last week that friend and business partner, Andrew Stuart, was critically ill and in need of an organ donation. Though Magee previously said he “didn’t think [Stuart] was going to make it,” he’s now more optimistic about his business partner’s condition.

“I saw Andrew yesterday and he was drastically different from the person I saw last time,” Magee told us this morning. “He’s awake and coherent, and seems to be in pretty good spirits, actually … after seeing him yesterday, I think he’s going to get through this.”

Magee previously has declined to disclose exact details of his business partner’s illness out of respect for Stuart’s family.

Though Magee cautioned that Stuart “is not out of the woods” until he receives a transplant, he added that “his sense of humor is unscathed, and knowing Andrew, that’s whats going to get himself through this.”

Magee said that since he shared the news about Stuart’s illness last week, the neighborhood has come forward to offer condolences and support.

“The whole Adams Morgan community has been really supportive,” said Magee. “I know that means a lot to not only Andrew and his family, but me as well.”

Photo via Facebook / High Dive

by Tim Regan — December 17, 2015 at 9:05 am 0

CakeLoveA local bakery is saying goodbye to U Street.

CakeLove, which first opened at 1506 U Street NW in 2002, will close its doors at the end of this month, founder Warren Brown wrote in a press release last night.

Brown added that, while the U Street location is set to close, he’ll launch a new online store this month to help sell the company’s most popular product, CakeLove in a jar.

“After 13 wonderful years, the day has come for us to say goodbye to U Street,” Brown wrote in the release. “While I’m sad to leave the many friends and neighbors of this wonderful community, I’m very excited for this change.”

Brown will celebrate the company’s 13-year run with goodbye party and cake-cutting ceremony this Saturday at noon at the U Street location.

CakeLove’s location in Arlington closed at the beginning of 2015.

Photo via Facebook/CakeLove

by Andrew Ramonas — December 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Bazaar Spices (Photo via Twitter/Bazaar Spices)

A “full-service” spice shop is set to begin scooping out personalized flavor concoctions and more than 100 ready-made blends in Atlantic Plumbing within a few weeks, its owners told Borderstan today.

Bazaar Spices is slated to expand its offerings at its Union Market stand with a 625-square-foot space at 2130 8th St. NW during the first week of January, owners Ivan Fitzgerald and Monica Grover said.

“At Atlantic Plumbing, we will continue to offer our high level of customer service that we really take great pride in providing and the really deep, rare and eclectic collection of spices, botanicals, beans, rice, lentils and other specialty items,” they said in an email. “We will have more room so we plan on adding even more unique goodies.”

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by Tim Regan — December 15, 2015 at 11:45 am 0

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La Bonne Bistro will end its pop-up dinner service at Creme (2436 14th St. NW) later this week, Creme owner Tegist Ayalew told Borderstan today.

Though La Bonne closed its U Street NW location in May, Owner Daniel Labonne reopened the restaurant in pop-up form at Creme in June. That six-month partnership is coming to an end on Dec. 19, Ayalew said. Creme will remain open for business as usual, she added.

A PoPville reader spotted a Groupon cancellation notice for La Bonne Bistro earlier today.

We were unable to reach Labonne to comment on what the eatery’s next step might be.

by Tim Regan — December 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

Hinckley PotteryThis may be your last chance to pick up a holiday gift from Hinckley Pottery (707 Kalorama Rd. NW) before it moves to Georgetown.

The longtime Adams Morgan pottery shop will hold its last annual holiday sale in the neighborhood this Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., then each day between Dec. 15 and 23.

During the sale, the store will sell pots, plates, platters, teapots, mugs, bowls and an assortment of other clay vessels.

The 25-year-old pottery shop will move to Blues Alley in Georgetown in February, according to its website.

The pottery shop was forced to find a new home after its landlord, nonprofit Mary’s Center, decided not to renew the shop’s lease in order to take over the space, reported the Washington Business Journal in February.

by Tim Regan — December 8, 2015 at 3:50 pm 0

A Mexican restaurant in Dupont is “closed for renovation,” but it’s unclear when it will reopen.

Divino Grill (1623 17th St. NW) is currently closed, according to several signs posted on the door of the restaurant. The signs say the eatery was due to reopen “the first week of December,” but stacked chairs, loose boards, tables and decorations can still be seen scattered throughout the interior of the restaurant.

It was immediately unclear when — or if — the restaurant might reopen. We left a message with Divino Grill owner Felix Nelson Araya, but he has not yet returned our call.

The restaurant previously filed an application to host live drag shows last month, but the application was rescinded last week.

by Tim Regan — December 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm 0

Benito's Place

A new place belonging to someone named Benito is coming together in Logan Circle.

The forthcoming restaurant, which is located at 1437 11th Street NW, will serve American food, said a worker inside the store earlier today. The worker did not know when the new restaurant might open.

PoPville reported a restaurant was slated to open in that space roughly one year ago.

by Tim Regan — December 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

The hardware store on 17th Street NW will soon be larger.

TrueValue Hardware on 17th (1623 17th St. NW) is slated to expand into the space next door in January or February, said sales associate Joe Trotter. That space formerly held Art’s Shoe Service, which closed over the summer.

When it opens, Trotter said the new addition will be used to store and sell a wide selection of house paints and painting supplies.

by Tim Regan — December 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Councilmembers Jack Evans and Phil Mendelson helped cut the ceremonial ribbon on a newly expanded jeweler in Dupont Circle earlier this morning.

The Tiny Jewel Box, a longtime jewelry and watch business located at 1147 Connecticut Ave. NW, today held a grand opening ceremony to mark the recent opening of its new 8,000 square foot addition next door.

“I love, love, love family-owned businesses,” Bowser said in a speech before the ribbon-cutting. “Small businesses are indeed the engine of our economy … and the Tiny Jewel Box has doubled down on Connecticut Avenue and doubled down on D.C.”

Bowser also praised the local Golden Triangle business improvement district, calling it a “champion” of businesses across the area.

Bowser, Evans and Mendelson then cut the ribbon along with Golden Triangle executive director Leona Agouridis and Tiny Jewel Box CEO Jim Rosenheim and president Matthew Rosenheim.

Attendees were invited inside for pastries, coffee and a tour of the newly expanded jewelry store following the ceremony.

by Tim Regan — November 25, 2015 at 2:55 pm 0

A local pharmacy will close its doors on Connecticut Avenue after more than 30 years in business.

Tshiffely Pharmacy, located at 1330 Connecticut Ave. NW, is slated to close on Dec. 18, but not because of financial troubles, said pharmacist and co-owner David Toth. The building the pharmacy is housed in will be renovated soon and the drug store’s owners decided to let their lease expire, he explained.

Toth said he will continue doling out prescriptions at the pharmacy’s other two locations on 19th Street and K Street.

“We decided to combine everything into the other two stores,” he said. “One of which is a block and a half away.”

Though Toth didn’t know what would move in once the pharmacy closed, he speculated it would “probably be a bagel place.”

by Tim Regan — November 19, 2015 at 10:00 am 0

A deli and buffet frequented by the downtown office lunch crowd will close its doors for good tomorrow.

TJ’s Deli, located at the corner of 14th and L streets NW, will shut down after 15 years in business, an employee at the store said.

Though the employee did not say why the deli was closing, the shop in recent years has gained competition from a Jimmy John’s and a Dunkin Donuts that may have helped contribute to its demise.

It was not immediately clear what might replace the deli.

by Andrew Ramonas — November 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

Mount Pleasant is getting a holiday pop-up shop that will have alligator shoes, mid-century modern furniture and other vintage goods for sale.

The store from D.C.-based R. Bernard Estate Liquidators is slated to begin its temporary run on the second floor of 3165 Mount Pleasant St. NW Sunday. It is scheduled to shut down Dec. 22.

From the R. Bernard Estate Liquidators website:

Season’s Greetings! R. Bernard Estate Liquidators invites you to visit our holiday Pop-Up Shop for a unique shopping adventure. We often wonder what dealers and collectors have tucked away; well here’s your chance to come and shop from a selection of very fine and unique treasures. This is where you want to shop for yourself and that person who “has everything”!

We have a great selection of men’s and women’s vintage clothing: mock turtle necks, Italian knits, Sansabelt, and more. We have designer handbags, alligator shoes, select pieces of mid-century, Rosewood Asian curio, custom African rockers and statuary, a table from Roche Bobois, an excellent selection of cuff links and vintage jewelry, beautiful antique tapestries, a great selection of handmade rugs, wall hangings by Harris Strong, fun and fine pieces of art, also a wonderful selection of lanterns, clothes, baskets, jewelry and more from our host, Boveda Tribes. Unique shopping for unique people!

The store only is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. It’s closed on Thanksgiving.

Photos via R. Bernard Estate Liquidators

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